ISLAMABAD: An accountability court here on Tuesday remanded in National Accountability Bureau (NAB) custody former president Asif Ali Zardari’s aide and another suspect in the fake bank accounts case.
Nadeem Bhutto, the in-charge of the Naudero House in Larkana, the ancestral home of Pakistan Peoples Party chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, and Jamil Baloch were remanded till May 6.
Accountability court judge Mohammad Arshad asked Nadeem to explain how Rs7.4 million was transferred into his bank account. Nadeem replied he was getting Rs20,000 monthly salary and had no idea who deposited such a huge amount in his bank account.
Sources earlier said Nadeem, reportedly a close aide to Mr Zardari, allegedly worked as his frontman. They said Nadeem was responsible for taking care of financial affairs of the Naudero House. Nadeem’s brother, Abdul Jabbar, was personal photographer of the Bhutto family.
Mr Zardari, his sister Faryal Talpur, Omni Group’s Anwar Majeed and his son Abdul Ghani Majeed, former Pakistan Stock Exchange chairman Hussain Lawai and Summit Bank senior vice president Taha Raza are among those being investigated in the fake bank accounts case related to alleged money laundering of billions of rupees through fictitious bank accounts.
Meanwhile, accountability court judge Mohammad Bashir approved the transit remand of five accused who NAB had arrested in connection with the DHA Karachi case. Those remanded in NAB custody included Nazir Jokhiyo, Mohammad Iqbal Jokhiyo, Ghulam Dastagir Jokhiyo, Imam Bukhsh and Mian Bukhsh. The judge directed NAB to produce the accused before Karachi’s accountability court by April 27.
Published in Dawn, April 24th, 2019